- Chlorine or Bromine granules or tablets made for spas
- Spa test strips
- “Spa Down” type product (to lower pH and alkalinity if needed)
- “Spa Up” type product (to raise pH and alkalinity if needed)
Leave your hot tub on at all times. Circulating pumps will occasionally circulate the water and keep it from building up algae while continuously cleaning and filtering the water. Check the water every couple of days to see how it looks. Be sure to change the water every 4 to 6 months.
For many people, the comfortable range of water temperature is between 101 and 104 degrees Fahrenheit. Be careful though, because water over 140 degrees can damage the filter.
Skin irritation may be the result of high chlorine levels or the pH is not in the safe zone of 7.2 – 7.6. Wait until chlorine levels drop before entering the spa again.
Yellow water in your hot tub may be the result of a low pH level. Check this first. If that is not the case, you may need to use more chlorine or bromine.
Adjusting your chemicals can be tricky, but there are a few simple steps that can make it a piece o’ cake:
- Use test strips 2 times per week
- Keep the chlorine level and pH level balanced
- Chemicals should be added one at a time with a 2 hour separation between differing chemicals. This will help to maximize your chemicals and minimize the risk of a negative chemical reaction.
- When adjusting your hot tub chemicals, make sure to follow the alphabet: